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Type: On-demand
Recorded: 26 Sep 2023


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Understanding obesity and how bariatric metabolic surgery and adjunct therapies fit in

On-demand recorded 26 Sep 2023

Obesity management expert and founding Chair of RACGP Specific Interests Obesity Management, Dr Georgia Rigas will be educating GPs on understanding obesity and tailoring solutions for individual patients.
The session will cover a range of medical and surgical treatment options, and explore the potential benefits of combining therapies to effectively manage obesity. Dr Terri-Lynne South, the current Chair RACGP Specific Interests Obesity Management will host the session.

Learning outcomes

  1. Identify and describe the three different categories of clinical presentation for people living with obesity [the 3Ms]
  2. Discuss the effective evidence-based therapies used to treat obesity including anti-obesity medications [AOMS], very low energy diets [VLEDs] and bariatric metabolic surgery [BMS]
  3. Identify and recommend combination anti-obesity therapies when clinically indicated


Dr Terri-Lynne South
Chair of RACGP Specific Interests Obesity Management

With over 25 years of experience as a healthcare practitioner, both as a GP and accredited practising dietitian, Terri-Lynne has always had a special interest in health conditions associated with excess weight. She believes obesity is a chronic complex medical condition and should be treated as such. Terri-Lynne understands excess body weight has many causes, contributors, influences, impacts, risk factors, complications, and management options. From 2021, Terri-Lynne moved to a full-time focus on obesity and metabolic health, which grants her the time and commitment to further her life-long passion.


Dr Georgia Rigas
Obesity Doctor, Senior Bariatric Medical Practioner and founding Chair of RACGP Specific Interests Obesity Management.

Dr Rigas is a General Practitioner who has been working in obesity management for almost 15 years. She was the first Australian GP to be recognised by the Surgical Review Corporation, as a Bariatric Care Specialist. Dr Rigas is the Senior Bariatric Medical Practitioner at St George Private Hospital, the first internationally accredited Bariatric Centre of Excellence in Australia. Her particular sub-interest is the multi-generational effects of obesity. Dr Rigas is committed to ongoing education in obesity/metabolic health and advocates for equitable access to effective treatments for people living with obesity. She is also on several medical advisory and scientific committees on issues of obesity, both nationally and internationally.



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